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12/5/14 – 2:14 P.M.

The CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber talked about the past and the future of the company today. Roy Armes was the featured speaker at the Hancock County Republican Party First Friday luncheon. Armes said while there is focus on growth overseas, one of their challenges moving forward is getting into underserved U.S. markets…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says the challenges are different in emerging markets, where the focus is on lighter, cheaper tires for automobiles.

As for the potential for tariffs on Chinese-made tires, Armes said they might not affect imports to the U.S. as much as you would think…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes suspects new tariffs on Chinese tires would do the same thing this time around as well.

Armes also talked about the leadership of the company over a century. He said he knows he’s been criticized, but the global marketplace means different realities…

Audio: Roy Armes

Armes says that in Cooper’s 100 years the company’s leadership has had a lot to offer in every segment.

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12/5/14 – 10:58 A.M.

The Findlay Dow Chemical plant is under new ownership. Valfilm North America announced today the purchase of the Findlay facility. Dow will continue to run the plant until late January, when Valfilm will take over.

Valfilm says to ensure a smooth transition the current Dow employees will have an opportunity to seek employment with the new company. The deal includes the plant’s physical assets and “the majority of intellectual property practiced at the facility.”

Valfilm specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing flexible packaging in polyethylene.

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12/4/14 – 10:36 A.M.

Residents of a neighborhood on Findlay’s east side want the rest of the city to be aware of a “stranger danger” incident that took place last month. A police report from November 12 says officers were called to the 1200 block of Heather Drive to investigate the issue.

A 9-year-old boy told investigators that when he got off the school bus at the intersection of Heather and Glen Meadow Drive he was approached by a man in a van. The man told the boy he had a puppy inside the vehicle and wanted the boy to see it. The boy ran home where he told his mother.

The man is described as being in his mid-to-late 30s. He was wearing a black jacket at the time. The van was described as either grey or silver. The boy said he had never seen the man or the vehicle before the incident.

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12/4/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A major economic development was announced in Kenton Wednesday. Kentontoday.com reports Sekisui Plastics USA has selected Hardin County for a new, $5.2 million facility. The company makes plastics for the automotive industry and parts for baby seats.

The 120,000 square foot facility is expected to open in July of next year. It will eventually employ 50 people.

MORE: Kenton Today

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12/4/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Final preparations are underway for Carey’s annual Christmas celebration. Christmas in Carey will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the downtown area. The Kiwanis will be caroling a the John Carey Park Gazebo at starting at 4:45 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck around 5 p.m.

The tree lighting will take place around the same time. Mayor Steve Smalley will host that event at the gazebo.

The village’s annual outdoor lights competition kicks off on Friday as well. Residents can register at he H&R Block location on West Findlay Street.

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12/4/14 – 4:53 A.M.

Putnam County fire departments will benefit from grants given by the state. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 10 departments in the county will split nearly $91,000 to offset the costs of communication upgrades. The money is helping pay for Multi-Agency Radio Communication System equipment.

Many of the departments needed to upgrade batteries in their existing radios. Some were looking to buy extra radios for use in the field.

Fire chiefs in Putnam County met last summer and decided to apply for the grant money as a region rather than as individual departments.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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12/3/14 – 5:24 A.M.

Fostoria officials are working to modernize how they approach companies and businesses looking for new locations. The Review-Times reports Mayor Eric Keckler and the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation want to create a land-usage map to show to prospective new businesses. The plan calls for updating the city’s zoning map and a land-usage study.

Fostoria City Council has approved applying for a grant to fund the city’s participation in the study. A Local Government Innovation Fund grant could provide up to $50,000. The total cost of the project is not expected to exceed that.

Keckler has told the newspaper the project would put the entire catalog of available property in the hands of any business looking at new locations.

MORE: Review Times

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12/3/14 – 5:12 A.M.

Two people are facing charges for allegedly breaking into a Findlay restaurant. The Courier reports the Hancock County grand jury handed up indictments against 23-year-old Kip Wright and 44-year-old Darrin Wright. They face charges of breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools, safecracking and tampering with evidence.

Investigators say the men broke into Tony’s on U.S. 224 early in the morning on October 24. A crowbar was allegedly used to open a safe inside the restaurant.

MORE: The Courier

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12/3/14 – 4:44 A.M.

A body found in Putnam County is believed to be a Ypsilanti man missing since June. Officials say the remains were discovered Tuesday south of Deshler, just off of Road Y. Brian Martin was last seen in Toledo at a softball game he was coaching. Robert Strauss and Desirae Strauss have been charged with murdering him inside their East Toledo apartment, but the whereabouts of his body was unknown.


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